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. jim miklaszewski is at the pentagon now. mick, are you hearing any more information from there? >> reporter: according to u.s. intelligence officials, katie, it appeared, at least to their knowledge, to be no specific threat involving hijacking airliners or any attacks on buildings in the new york area. u.s. intelligence officials report this morning that there are -- you know, constantly they are hearing about threats, possible terrorist threats against american targets worldwide. but as far as they know this morning, they had no early indications that anything of this nature could have occurred. pentagon officials are already calling this a terrorist attack. they say that they have not yet ordered the scrambling of any military naujet if national guard were to be scrambled in that area, that would be at the order of the governor. now, of course, the president does have the authority to scramble american military forces in defense. but there's a problem here. what now do you defend against exactly? if you put warplanes in the air, there's always a danger that they could miside
, and the pentagon, steps from where we stand today, claimed thousands of innocentev victims and forever scarred their family and friends and all americans. today we honor and remember those who fell, surrounded by those who love them and still feel the pain of that loss reme ways large and small. yesterday is the chairman just mentioned we had the officia presentation of the pentagon 9/11 quilt featuring the f faces of all 184 of those who died onhese grounds. we're grateful for the work and dedication of all the volunteers that brought that moving project into reality. and just west of here a portion of washington boulevard is being em amed 9/11 heroes memorial highway to remind those passing by what happened here on that day. today we also reflect on what thorose attacks meant for an entire generation of young americans whonswered the call to serve. since then thousands have made the ultimat sacri,cefice and their absence, too, is felt today and every day. our troops and their families have paid a steep price these past nine years, but also shown resilience and strength in a untry that cheri
of terrorism will not stand. he used the phrase, "will not stand." i turned to my colleague from the pentagon and said that was exactly what the president's father said when saddam hussein invaded kuwait. he was not famous for coining phrases. he made one or two. "no new taxes" was one of them. [laughter] i remember his extremely strong and and characteristic statement that the invasion of kuwait would not stand. a said to myself it was a remarkable coincidence the president would use precisely that phrase. it was a phrase that connoted war. i still did not confirm anything to the press. the president's statement made it clear that something terrible had happened in new york. what happened then was my team spent the evening -- it is a typical thing in useful for journalists to know this. when something like this happens, a major event happens, very often you will get more current information from watching television and listening to the press and you will from the intelligence services. the reason for that is that there are more journalists. they are all over the place. we spent the evening a
metro station and it could affect your morning commute. you will see the changes today at the pentagon metro station on the blue and yellow line. kristin fisher is live in arlington with the story. >> good morning, kristin. >> good morning. these changes are going to be a little bit inconvenient, but you know the good news is they shouldn't add too much time to your morning commute, if any time at all. so that's the good news there. break it down for you. these changes are all because of what happened here last march. you may remember when john patrick bedell opened fire at this check.in to the pentagon. ever since pentagon officials said they need to move the check points farther away from the actual building. this morning they are going to begin the process of doing just that. here's what it means for you, the commuter. it means that a new pedestrian traffic patten near the pentagon main visitors entrance. if you are just walking from the bus platform to the rail stations north entrance you are fine. no big changes. but if you are walking from the pentagon's visitors entrance on the
, and they are now confirming that it does appear that at the pentagon it was a plane. again, they are saying they believe now a third plane was involved at the pentagon. >> and, of course, this has been the nightmare, katie, for national security officials for a long time. we talk about nuclear bombs and those kinds of exchanges or invasions. evtheryone has been worried abo the suitcase-sized bomb of some kind or an airplane or an attack on our subways in the large cities. and this, obviously, no one had anticipated three airplanes that were deliberately aimed at critical targets in america. we can only hope that it's over for today, but officials are taking no chances on all that. they're evacuating all critical buildings because as mr. johnson said earlier, this is an open society. james callstrom from the fbi also pointing out that almost anyone can come in here. they have access to so many instruments that can be used as instruments of atck and terrorism. and that certainly has been the case today. >> let's go to our state department correspondent andrea mitchell. andrea, what can you te
taking place together. we just saw one a moment ago at the pentagon. the presint was there and left a breath at the memorial at the pentagon. he also had these words. >> for a nation, this is a day of remembrance, a day of reflection and with god's grace, a day of unity and renewal. gather to rememr this sacred hour on hallowed ground, the places where we feel such grief and where our healing goes on. >> that was president obama just a few moments ago at the pentagon, the pentagon where 184 people were killed. many of those were working that day at the pentagon. but that is where a plane went into that pentagon at 9:37 a.m. now, president bush, people remember of course he was the one who was leading this country at the time. he was on dy when 9/11 happened and he was a part to make the decisions in how this country reacted to 9/11 from iraq to afghanistan as well. we did get a statement from him this morning. the former president issuing this statement. i am quoting it for you. on september 11th, 20to01 americans awoke to evil on our shores. on this solemn day of remembrance, laura
standard of the world. june a look at the pentagon's long remark strike systems debate and wa >>> good morning and welcome to "this week in defense news." i'm vago muradian. soaring pay and benefit costs are squeezing pentagon buckets but what will it take to get service to agree to reform? we'll talk to the co-chairman of the military coalition i a united group of military associations. plus the inside story of how a single army unit stablized one every most dangerous sights in iraq. but first roberts gates will soon decide what long range strike systems the nation needs, including the fate of a new bomber, new cruise missiles in a conventional ballistic missile able to hit targets 7,000 miles away in 20 minutes. what mix of capabilities should gates pick? here to explain the debate is mark gunzinger, who wrote sustaining america's strategic advantage in long range, a report to be released tuesday which recommends ways to organize the long range strike portfolio before joining in january mark served at the deputy distant secretary of defense for transformation and resources. mark, wel
to return to our university teaching position. >>> there is a possibility the pentagon may be barred from pushing its long controversial of don't ask don't tell policy. it was ruled it was unconstitutional and violates the constitutional rights of those in it -- individuals. government lawyers claim they lack the authority to issue it. >>> 50 residents were hurt when a massive fireball destroyed more than 30 homes in the sand francisco suburb of san bruno. authorities a ruptured gas line was to blame, but they cannot continue their investigation until lingering hot spots cool off in the neighborhood. >>> still to come, remembering 9/11. the events held today to honor lives lost on that tragic day. >>> a proposal to crack down on a string of violent robberies in college park. >> here is the best wireless carrier? we have the results of a new survey. >> skies will clear in the evening hours, and the chance for some rain in the upcoming weekend. a look at the forecast is coming up. a look at the forecast is coming up. but i like to think i'm just going beyond the call of duty. cock-a-doodle-
. what's in your wallet? ove, go long! >>> next on "this week in defense news" pentagon acquisitiochief ash courter on his plans to save >>> welcome to "this week in defense news." i'm vago muradian. what's the right balance between freedom of speech and protect, sensitive information? we'll hear from pentagon spokesman geoff morrell. but first we're joined by ash carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics who unveiled new guidelines for how the pentagon will purchase everything from weapons to services. his plan to find 23 initiatives, grouped into five categories -- affordability and cost control, incentivizing productist, promoting real competition, and improving services acquisition and reducing bureaucracy. ash, great to have you back on the show. >> good to be back with you you. >> i'm sure you happy you have weekend back, working for months. >> we're not going to get weekends back because now it's time to implement, and i'm dogged. and so we're moving into the implementation phase. >> into implementation phase, obviously the report. the focus, th
of the three places that were hit on this day nine years ago. new york, the pentagon, and also shanksville, pennsylvania, where a plane went down after the heroes of this day kept that plane from making it to its intended target. we wl be checking in at al three of theselacesre as we remember what happened on this day nine years ao when nearly 3,000 people re killed in the attacks of september 11th. but good morning to you all. i'm t.j. holmesth coming to you this morning from the cnn center in atlanta, georgia. it's 8:00 a.m. where i sit heree this morning. we have ceremonies going to be taking place starting in about 40 minutes new york. we will take you back to ground zero. first, an update on a story that has captured this country's and the world's attention over the past several days, the issue o the proposed koran burning in florida. a pastor there, terry jones, you know his name by now, i just want to give you this update that, in fact, he has minutes ago coming out and saying in a live interview on nbc that there will be no koran burning. he didn't just say it has been suspended,
pentagon now. the president, he was there this morning attending a 9/11 service at the pentagon where 184 people died in this attack. the ceremony was open only to family members of the victims. the president, as you se in the picture there, laid a breath at the 9/11 memorial and reflected on the importance of this day. >> for a nation, a day ofnd remembrance and reflection and withf god's grace, a dayf unity and renewal. we gather to remember this s sacred hour where our healing goes on. >>> the first lady, mhelle rm obama, and the former first lady, laura bush, were both attending a service in shanksville, pennsylvania. that is where onelane wentfl down, united flight 93. our sandra endo is therfor us.he hello to you. >> reporter: well, t.j., the memorial service for flight 93 just finished up here and one by one, the names of the 40 victims on board were read and a bell tolled for each and each of their memories. as you mentioned, former first lady, laura bush, spoke to this crowd here, as well as first lady, michelle obama. she talked about how future generations will come here to see
is normally flowing and people coming and going. we know nothing about hijacked planes. of the pentagon, none of this. we are ignorant of all these facts. >> we got to the ground floor. only cops and firefighters and ems workers were there. debris was falling down it looked like confetti in a parade. and they were telling us to run. just go, run, run. they stayed back. sacrificing themselves so that brian and i could live. >> president bush is about to speak. he's in florida at what was supposed to be a stkwroeu event at an elementary school. >> ladies and gentlemen this is a difficult moment for america. i unfortunately will be going back to washington after my remarks. secretary page and lt. governor will take the podium and discuss education. i want to thank the folks here at the booker elementary school for their hospitality. today we've had a national tragedy. two airplanes have crashed into the world trade center in an patient terrorist attack on our country. i have spoken to the vice president, to the governor of new york, to the director of the fbi. and i've ordered that the full reso
and to celebrate the memories living on and jennifer davis has more. >> reporter: in the shadow of the pentagon, under bright and sunny skies, they joined 200 families to remember a day 9 years ago from the world as we knew it was forever changed. >> on a day like, this the calm september morning was shattered by the worst act of terrorism in the nation's history. >> reporter: the president laid a wreath in memory. he didn't mention the controversies swirling around the plan or the florida pastor who had planned to burn the q'uran, he did appeal to the nation to honor the memory of those killed on september 11th by valuing diversity and tolerance. >> we are not and never will be at war with islam and that was not a religion that attacked us, it was al qaeda. >> reporter: they search for the bench inscribed with the name of the loved one and that is where the personal and private remembrances take place. >> when i come here, i feel happy because i realize that people are coming here and remembering. >> reporter: rebecca was a teenager when her father who worked inside the pentagon was killed on
flowing and people coming and going. we know nothing about hijacked planes. of the t pentagon, none of this. we are ignorant of all these facts. >> we got to the ground floor. only cops and firefighters and ems workers were there. debris was falling down it looked like confetti in a parade. and they were telling us to run. just go, run, run. they stayed back. sacrificing themselves so that brian and i could live. >> president bush is about to speak. he's int florida at what was supposed to be a stkwroeu event at an elementary school. >> ladies and gentlemen this is a difficult moment for america. i unfortunately will be going back to washington after my remarks. secretary page and lt. governor willdi take the podium and discuss education. i want to thank the folks here at the booker elementary school for their hospitality. today we've had a national tragedy. two airplanes have crashed into the world trade center in an patient terrorist attack on our country. i have spoken to the vice president, o the governor of new york, to the director of the fbi. and i've ordered that the full re
commuters who travel to the pentagon metro station. the defense department is making security improvements after a gunman opened fire at the pentagon check point last march. kristin fisher has more on how the changes will affect commuters. good morning, kristin. >> good morning. the changes are going to take some getting used to, but the good news is that it shouldn't add too much time to your typical morning or evening chew. now, these changes are in response to what happened here last march when john patrick bedell opened fire on two guards at a security check.to the pentagon. ever since, the department of defense officials wanted to move the check point farther away from the entrance to the building. finally this morning they are starting the process of just that. here's what it means for you. look at the list and i will break it down for you. if you are just walking from the bus platforms to the north entrance, you are fine. no mayor changes. if you are walking toe the visitors entrance on the south side, that's when you need to watch out. metro customers will no welcomer have access t
her, and i called her. as i am talking to her, she tells me that an airplane just at the pentagon. that is when i knew it's time to get everyone off. i came back and told the crew. they were getting ready to go to our next stop at kansas city. i told them we have to get off the airplane and at of the airport, that the nation is under attack. they just looked at me like "yeah, right." then we were ordered off the aircraft. laguardia airport was like a scene from a horror movie. the gathered us up. there was another fellow crew that joined us and they had us remove our insignia and said that we don't know if there are terrorist in the airport or not, so we don't want any flight crew being forced back on an airplane. >> were you finished? >> i did not mean to go on and on. >> the question as to what pilots told the passengers, i heard from several hundred pilots when i started to research this book, and the response was not consistent across the ranks. some pilots were worried that if they said anything, if there were hijackers on their aircraft, that they could be tipping them off t
/11 attacks, we will show you a pentagon remembered ceremony. also in the pennsylvania, a flight 93 memorial with first lady michelle obama and former first lady laura bush. following that, aviation officials and pilots recount their experiences during the terrorist attacks. president obama and defense secretary robert gates spoke at the ceremony at the pentagon today. they are joined by joint chiefs of staff chairman mike mullen. the president asked americans to honor the fallen by keeping alive americas shared virtues and values. from the pentagon, this is 35 minutes. >> the national anthem of the united states. nd playing "star-spangled banner"] >> ladies and gentlemen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen. >> mr. president, secretary gates, distinguished guests, most of all families and friends of those we lost on 9/11, inside the pentagon, near the chapel, lies a quilt on display. it was stitched together by dozens of americans who simply wanted those of us who survived the attack on his building to note that day, our fellow citizens, would always remember thos
responders return to the pentagon to remember that tragic day. suzanne kennedy is live from the pentagon with their story tonight. >> many of those first responders who were there came back to the pentagon today, and they told the story of what happened here nine years ago tomorrow as if it was just yesterday. the images are dramatic and memorable, and not a day goes by that they are not fresh in mind of pentagon police officer lt. david webster. as he patrolled the grounds of the pentagon, he is a leading historian of what happened here nine years ago. >> it was chaotic. it was like a scene out of a movie, seeing people run from the building, trying to run to safety, did not know where they were going. there were just trying to get away from the building. >> 184 people died when the flight crashed into the pentagon, some of arlington county's first responders return to the scene today to mark this somber occasion. >> it is hard for me to drive by it without thinking about what happened that day, the column of smoke, the collapse of the sides, and of course, the casualties that were litt
will mark the tragedies at the pentagon, in new york city and in shanksville, pennsylvania. darcy spencer is at the pentagon memorial tonight with more tonight. darcy? >> reporter: most of the people we spoke to at the pentagon memory ideal this evening say they can't believe that nine years have passed since the september 11th attacks. some people brought their children so that they, too, will never forget. on the eve of the ninth anniversary of the september 11th attacks, many have been braun to visit the pentagon memorial. district resident liz mora came here for the first time tonight with her children. >> they need to know and learn from what happened and just to see the names on the benches, it's pretty powerful. so that's why we're here tonight as a family to honor and respect them. >> reporter: the memorial has 184 illuminated benches, each with the name of a victim who died when the hijacked plane slammed into the pentagon. rosemary dillard's husband, eddie, was one of them. >> i know it's supposed to get easier, that you're supposed to find closure. and i have never found closur
today at the pentagon metro station on the blue and yellow lines. kristen fisher has more from arlington. >> reporter: well, these changes are going to take some getting used to, but the good news is they shouldn't add any time to your typical commute. this is all in response to what happened here last march when a man opened fire at this security check point into the pentagon. ever since, pentagon officials have said they need to move those check points farther away from the actual entrance to the building. well, this morning they finally started to do just that. so here's what it means for you. if you are just walking into the pentagon metro station's north entrance, then you're fine, no major changes. but if you're walking into the station's south entrance, the pentagon's visitor entrance, that's where you will see these changes. the left center walkway will only be open to pentagon pass holders. it's an issue especially on rainy days lake today because the only walkway open to metro riders at the south entrance isn't covered. the defense department is planning on a building temporary
at the pentagon. after 9/11 they built an interfaith nondenominational chapel. there was no controversy whatsoever. so i suggested that this idea be employed at the center. they seem receptive to that. that's a way to move the dialogue forward. it's not good for the community, it's not good for the country. >> it's clear if we don't lead into this problem and displace the wackadoodle politicians with something else, if you get out of the way, you know what's going to happen if you lay off the ball. do you feel like the neighborhood, the city, the developer are ready to lean on the ball and say no, sarah palin, no, karl rove, harry reid. >> sarah palin, newt gingrich and this pastor have endangered our community. we're the number one terrorist targeted in the united states. we're the only neighborhood that's been attackedwice by terrorists. >> but they're making a lot of money selling books. it's not even the troops abroad. it's what's happening here in the united states. it's totally irresponsible. if they really wanted to keep new york and america safe, they would join us in the fight to restore
/11. nine years later at ground zero in new york, at the pentagon and atie a quiet field in pennsylvania, solemn ceremonies marked the day hijackers took control of four airlines and took aim at america'sd politic and financial capitals. the nation has changed in so many ways. some changes obvious and others, more subtle. today's speakers reminded all of us of what hadn't changed and what will never change. america's commitment to freedom and its founding ideals. it started in new york with a gathering of loved ones moments of o silence, words of comfort d hope and the readings of the names of those lost in the world trade center towers. the site.han 2700 people died at we would come to know as "ground zero." vice president joe biden took part today and turned -- he turned to poetry to pu the day in perspective. >> we come not to mourn, but to remember and rebuild. in the words of henry wadsworth long fellow, the poem "the builders." all are architects of fate, working in these walls of time, some with massive deeds and great, some with ornaments of rhyme. nothing useless is or low, eac
of the ninth anniversary of the september 11 attack, many have been drawn to visit the pentagon memorial. district resident liz mora came here for the first time with her children. >> they need to know and learn from what happened. it's powerful. that the's why we're here tonight, to honor and respect them. >> the memorial has 184 benches, each with the name of a victim of a plane that slammed into the pentagon. eddie is one of them. >> you're supposed to get easier. you're supposed to find closure. i have never found closure. >> jessica morrow and matthew callahan are visiting from connecticut. they said the memorial is moving and a reminder never to forget that day. >> it's amazing to see how many people actually lost their lives for what? i don't know. >> every year, a more heated topic. you can see in the news about the mosque in new york, the koran burning in florida. seems every year gets worst. >> the memorial is supposed to be a peaceful place, to reflect, to remember, the sacrifice when terrorism hit here at home. cris anderson came here to pay her respects. >> tribute to the sa
to seminary. an extra ten minutes to make it through that and slowing down from the pentagon crossing the 14th street bridge. andrea, over to you. >>> at 6:31, we continue to follow breaking news. an apartment fire at 3832 16th street northwest. that is in the columbia heights neighborhood. lindsey mastis live on the scene for two hours now. what more can you tell us this morning? >> the fire department was called a quarter to 4:00 and so far eight people have been transported, including five to the burn unit and one to children's hospital. two people are in critical condition and 40 people have been evaluated on the scene. firefighters tell me that everyone is out of the building. the fire is under control but there are still some hot spots inside that they are battling. they tell us that it started on the fifth floor. >> upon arrival they encounters heavy fire conditions with the occupants from the building handing out of the windows. at which point they had to make numerous rescues from the interior and exterior of the building. the fire appears to maybe started in the common area which mak
. >>> and the pentagon says it spent $47,000 to destroy almost 10,000 copies of a book which it claims threatens national security. it is called "operation dark heart spy craft." it had been scheduled to come out on august 31st but the pentagon officials stood by and watched as copies of that first edition were cut in to shreds and recycled. >> think it is possible that things got out there, and d.o.d. had concerns about and the publisher warned them about potential. >>> he says he cleared the book with the army when he signed the publishing contract two years ago but the pentagon said he only approached the army reserve and not the regular army or the department of defense. the publishers redacting the material in a second edition. >>> get ready to see more security around the naval observatory. the navy plans to install a ten foot security fence and several security check points an the vice president's home on massachusetts avenue. two new guard houses, four gates, phi vehicle barriers and 1800 feet of new security fencing all expected to cost $1.7 million. the u.s. secret service say the upgrades are
into the pentagon. president obama will be at the crash site tomorrow to honor the victims who died, but this year, apprehends an overt islam has shared the spotlight. controversial florida pastor terry jones is flying to new york tonight. >> this is always an emotional time. many of us have heard about the florida pastor who wanted to burn the koran, but it now appears there is room for some dialogue. for most, it is all about remembering those who died nine years ago. under each granite bench at the 9/11 pentagon tomorrow, there is a small reflecting pool. >> sadness, something that should never have happened. >> water, a symbol of life and remembrance. each bench represents one of the 184 lives lost nine years ago. >> it is unbelievable. >> a sharp contrast to the horror, the chaos, the noise of that tuesday morning. >> is hard for me to drive by without thinking about the effect that it had. >> james schwartz was among the first responders when flight 77 crashed into the pentagon. >> the gash in the building, and of course, the casualties that were littering the west side of the building. >> n
, a former pentagon contracter from fairfax, was arrested for kidnapping her two young children. now having served time for that crime, she wants to correct what she says are miss perceptions about how she was portrayed in th media. she spoke exclusively to news4's jackie vincent. >> this was released for an extensive search for her and her two sons. they said west was being treated for a mental disorder, according to polic and that she could pose a threat to her children. >> i certainly, number one, was not mentally ill. i was not off any medications. i was being treated for ptsd as a result of being in the pentagon during the 9/11 attacks. i was working in there. i have beendevoted to my children since they have both been born, and there is no way i would ever harm a hair on their heads. >> west was located days later and charged with parental kidnapping, for failure to turn over their kids to their father for his visitation. >> i realize i made a mistake and i should not have taken off. >> west went to jail for seven months. she lost custody of both boys. >> the judge ordered i pay child
and first responders. at the pentagon, president obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony. and in shanksville, pennsylvania where united flight 93 crashed, first lady michelle obama along with laura bush attend a ceremony to honor the passengers who fought back. meanwhile, the plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the centerpiece, one world trade center is expected to be completed by 2013. with each construction step forward, there remains a connection to the past. the national september 11 memorial and museum, slated to be finished in 2012. >> a memorial to inspire people around the world. and always remind them never to forget. the tribute in light -- twin beams of light illuminating the night sky and symbolizing where the twin towers once stood. michelle franzen, nbc news, new york. >>> as the country looks back at the events of 9/11 today, one local school will be using the memory of those lost to look toward the future. the community college of dc will be opening the first community-based campus, and at the same time, honoring two students who lost their
. at the pentagon, president obama spoke about unity and tolerance. he laid a wreath to honor the victims. and first lady michelle obama and former first lady laura bush were in shanksville, pennsylvania to pay tribute to united airlines flight 93. the two spoke about the heroism of the pne's passengers. >>> here is a glimpse of today's evts. in new york this morning at a park near ground zero, 9/11 family members teamed up with those building the new memorial there. together they read aloud the names of more than 2700 people killed on that day. the president spoke athe pentagon. >> we gather to remember at this sacred hour on hallowed ground at places where we feel such grief and where our healing goes on. we gather here at the pentagon where the names of the lost are forever etched in stone. we gather in a gentle pennsylvania field where a plane went down and tower of voices will rise and echo through the ages. we gather where the twin towers fell, a site where the work goes on so that next year on the 10th anniversary, the waters will flow t in steady tribute to the nearly 3,000 innocent lives. >
tower fell. at the pentagon, president obama delivers remarks and participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial site. and in shanksville, pennsylvania, where united flight 93 crashed, first lady michelle obama, along with former first lady, laura bush, attend a ceremony to honor the passengers who foughback. meanwhile, plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the centerpiece, one world trade center, is expected to be completed by 2013. but with each construction step forward,here remains a connection to the past. steel beams pulled from the ground zero rubble were permanently installed this week at the entrance of the national september 11th memorial and museum, slated to be finished in 2012. >> it is going to be a memorial that we will all be proud of and a memorial that will inspire people around the world. >> reporter: and always remind them never to forget. certainly a day of reflection and also president obama has signed a proclamation making this entire weekend national days of prayers and remembrance and asking americans to make this a day of se
at the pentagon an hour and half now. late late a michelle obuma and former first lady laura are in smarving're shanksville, pennsylvania. >> this ariel picture. check this out. this shows the d amage and paints a grim andtu devastating picture of what happened there. the death tollis now four, homes devastated 37. >> we are worerki hard, very hard on the reentry plan. that is the priority for this next operational period. we haveot to identify the tazardous material zone tha exists. we also hav to restore per and utilities. federal investigators are with several teams trying to figure out exactly what caused the massive explosion. >> audden flip flop from iran's government. officials say they will not release american hiker sarah shourd. they said they would free her early this morning. they are say her case is held legal unfinished procedures. shourd and her friends were in solitary confinement for 14 months after accidentally going across the border. >> a wounded soldier who h risked his life to rescue a comrades will be receiving a medal of honor. staff sergeant giunta walked mbush. bull
a pentagon survey of troops and after the president certifies morale would not be affected. connecticut independent democrat joseph lieberman. >> that provision does not go into effect until 60 days after the president of the united states, the secretary of defense, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff all certify in writing that repeal is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effective, unit cohesion and recruiting, and retention of the armed forces. >> lehrer: the president, back in his state of the union address, made clear he wants repeal. >> this year i will work with congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. >> lehrer: as for the public a "washington post"/abc news poll last february found majorities of americans and republicans now support letting gays serve openly in the military. and public pressure has been brought to bear in many forms including monday's rally by pop singer lady gaga in senator collins' home state. >> i thought equality was no
house, from the state department, from the pentagon directly, he may change his mind. he also says if he hears from his god, he may change his mind. so at this point, though, all efforts are moving forward, he says, towards burning korans. >> well, kerry, i can't speak to his god, and his relationship with, quote, his god. but i can tell you that state department officials and others here in washington are mystified. the president, the secretary of state, the pentagon, from, you know, general petraeus on down, they have made it as clear as could possibly be that this is a threat. we have had protests now with american flags being burned north of kabul. we're going to get reports later on from terry on nbc news. what does he need to hear, a personal call from the white house? that isn't going to happen. >> it sounds like he needs a personal call from somebody, whether it's from the pentagon, whether it's from the state department, whether it's from the white house. i don't know whether he thinks the president is going to pick the phone up and call him. but, you know, they -- his internet
and throughout this morning memorials have taken place in new york, pennsylvania, and at the pentagon. these are live pictures from gr zero in lower manhattan. earlier friends and family who lost loved ones in the attas gathered at ground zero, new york city, honoring those who died on that tragic day remembering ceremonies in new york including the reading of the names of all of those who lost their lives at the world trade center location. vice president biden attended the service in lower manhattan. >> we come not to mourn but to remember and rebuild. >> nbc's michelle franzen is live at ground zero in new york. good morning or now good afternoon, michelle. i understand we spoke this morning before the ceremony and you talked about the scene d it change much in the last three hours since we spoke? >> reporter: certainly the ceremony is still going on, the reading of the mes and a lot of people filtering in and around ground zero here, some family mbers, some tourists, some firefighters and first responders. certainly the e vents of 9/11 have forever changed the nation and policy an
and the pentagon. as millions of americans participated in blood drives, candlelight vigils, and memorial services, saying prayers in english, hebrew, and arabic, we found unity in this shared grief. when the field was marked by smoldering ashes, now there is green grass. the passage of time cannot erase the images etched in our minds from that september morning. we remember where we were when the news came and what we were doing. george and i grieve with the families whose loved ones perished on that bright blue morning. we thought about your loss every day that we lived in the white house. your stories remained close to our hearts. george sends his love. today we join with all americans as we stop to remember those most affected by that day. we remember the families and friends of the lost, we still feel the wound of september 11. we know the memories of your loved ones have not aged over time. you inspire us with your grace and strength. we remember the law enforcement and intelligence personnel, who stand watch on our behalf every hour. we remember the men and women of our military that oppose
get his information about secret pentagon programs? [ female announcer ] there are endless reasons to get together during endless shrimp at red lobster. with endless servings of your favorite shrimp, from classics... to crunchy new parmesan shrimp. our bt value of the year right now, at red lobster. >> bret: the three astronauts aboard the international space station for 173 days are about to close the hatches between the station and their ride home. you are looking at live pictures now from nasa. amazing live pictures coming in. they will undock from the russian space craft if three hours and expected to land early friday morning. french workers protested the government plan to raise retirement age from 60 to 62. president nicolas sarkozy's reform bill passed one of france's two houses of parliament so far. officials in afghanistan released preliminary result from the election. they tabulated 67% of the ballots from one province. full preliminary results are expected next month. the final figures are not expected until at least late octobe october. >>> sticking with afghanistan, p
, the memories of that day are still fresh. >> today pentagon has again become the site of a solemn remembrance to honor those lost, we're hearing from people who were there that day. jane watrel is at the pentagon. >> reporter: for many of those directly affected by the 9/11 attack, they say it just doesn't seem possible that they happened nine years ago. >> reporter: the firefighters bowed their heads in a moment of silas a wreath rests at the pentagon's 9/11 memorial. these were some of the first responders to the 2001 terror attacks. >> so many people have now nine years without loved ones that were lost here. for all of my memories, that is one that lingers for those families every single day. >> reporter: rosemary came to the service to honor her late husband. eddie was among 184 victims honored at this memorial. he was on board american airlines flight 77 when it crashed into the pentagon. >> it is hard to deal with. i just start crying. it doesn't get -- i know it is supposed to get easier. you're supposed to find closure. and i have never found cloish. >> reporter: the attack in d.c.,
trade center and the u.s. pentagon. on this grim aniversary, susan candiottiis at the site in new york city, and let's get started in new york where the deadliest attack took place more than 2,700 people were killed at the world trade center, cnn's national correspondent susan candiotti attended today's memori services at ground zero. she's still there now. susan? >> reporter: hi, fred. as this is winding down, you know, every year this is a mixture of pain and pride. pain, of course, shared by the famiesli of tososs who are lost that day and the collective pain of a nation, but there is also pride. pride and shared memories of loved ones, pride in what they accomplished pride in what this country stands for. also there is pride in what is taking place now, what is taking shape at ground zero. that i particularhis year the 9/11 memorial. family members for the very first time werescorted by people who are active involved alin putting t hat memorial together. so, for example, they are seeing the outlines of the reflecting pools that are taking shape. they also saw the 16 swamp oak esee
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reports of a plane meashed into the pentagon. we have no reports of confirmed injuries or death opinion however, it's clear officials all across the country saying this is a deliberate terrorist attack on the united states, as tom has put it so far this morning, this is a declaration of war by terrorists ens s agae united states. >> before we talk about terrorism, another large plane crashed as well just north of somerset county airport 80 mile southeast of pittsburgh, pennsylvania. it was a boeing 767 that crashed around 10:00 this morning. and it is unclear whether the crash was related to the other crashes that took place this morning. >> president bush is en route back to washington. the state department has been evacuated. there's been an attack on the pentagon. it has been evacuated. the white house evacuated. there will be a meeting of the national security council. this is the most serious attack on the united states since pearl harbor. there has never been a terrorist attack of this magnitude, in fact, on any country in the world so far as we can tell. the untold loss of life
of murder. it's threatening to explode worldwide and the pentagon may be scrambling down to avoid an international embarrassment. we're following up on the shocking allegations that troops in afghanistan killed for sport. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room. >>> up first this hour, this coming in to the situation room, republicans going to extraordinary new links to try to play the ethics card against democrats with five weeks to go before the congressional election, the gop members of the house ethics committee are standing together and speaking out about the charges of charlie ran gal and maxine waters. let's go to dana bash to find out what's going on. what is going on. >> something that's going on is really, really rare, wolf. deliberations that are normally going on in secret and tend to go on in a bipartisan way in the ethics committee have spilled to the open and specifically differences in the house ethics committee spilled to the open. republicans released this statement. all five blasting the democratic chairwoman sow lofgren for what they say is stalling for
to the victims with services at ground zero, the pentagon and in shanksville, pennsylvania. >> we love you. and life has not been the same. >> good saturday evening, everyone. tonight in new york city a somber tribute marks the place where the twin towers fell. it has become an annual ritual of sorts, as we take a live look. twin beams of light shining high into the night's sky, showing where the world trade center once stood. earlier today, family members read the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed at the world trade center. vice president joe biden also addressed the crowd there. meanwhile, construction continue there. a new tower should be complete by next year's tenth anniversary. >>> president obama spoke at the pentagon after laying a wreath for the nearly 200 that died at that site. he called it hallowed ground. he encouraged everyone to mark the date but practice tolerance. >>> first lady michelle obama and former first lady laura bush came together at a ceremony in shanksville, today. they spoke with the families of the 40 people on the plane who died there. hijackers wanted
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